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Such Libational Communion

Spondic Energy and the Other

Feb 17, 2017

Saying For Today: Like the One, Love is boundless; so, one can intentionally remain at a physical distance from another, without overt expressions of loving, and through prayer and meditation, love the other.


Everyone is Welcome Here

Living in Love beyond Beliefs


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Love has no desire but to fulfill itself.
To melt and be like a running brook that
sings its melody to the night.
To wake at down with a winged heart
and give thanks for another day of loving.

Kahlil Gibran. The Prophet

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I found myself unable to love another person to the extent I sensed Spirit wanted me to love the person. That is okay~maybe, for your own sake, you need to hear that once more, "That is okay." For when we come to the extent of capacity to extend compassion, we confess and invite extension of~to care. We do not have to see limitation in empathy as failure. Such is simply the evolution of finite care toward the Infinite Capacity to Care.

The evolution of Caring pertains to spondic energy. Beatrice Bruteau, in The Grand Option, observes "spondic" is from a Greek word meaning "libation." Spondic energy is, she writes, "radiant energy of self-being." Bruteau observes:

It is an outpouring that is an act of reverence, of worship. We experience it as a projection of personal, spiritual, self-existent energy towards and into other persons, and even towards the infrapersonal universe. We will to pour our life, our own existence, into others that they may be and may be abundantly.

Therefore, life becomes libation, libation-ing. Intimacy with Spirit, One with True Self, from which flows this spondicity, flows into intimacy with the other. To have this intimacy, we do not have to like the person, as defined by "personality," we do not even have to share a physical space with her. Indeed, at times the physical distance from her is essential to her well-being and provides room to love her the way she most needs loving.

Accordingly, this libational kindness is nonlocal. This Loving can reach into the past, into the present, or into the future. Like the One, Love is boundless; so, one can intentionally remain at a physical distance from another, without overt expressions of loving, and through prayer and meditation, love the other. This is True Self to True Self, Essence to Essence. Indeed, when in the Center, one can speak to and, thus, through her Center, affirming love and blessing to her.

Here, we have moved beyond subject-object dualisms. We no longer, actually, address True Self to True Self. Rather, there is only one True Self, at one with the Holy Spirit in each other. Her blessing is your blessing; her suffering is your suffering. To pray for her is to pray for yourself. In praying for her, you are praying with her, even though she is not aware consciously; you are worshiping and, thereby, in this libational communion are freeing yourself from attachments to her that block the flow of the One in yourself. To set her free through libation means to set yourself free.


©Brian Kenneth Wilcox. Brian is a Hospice Chaplain, living out his vow to serve all living beings by serving those preparing to die and their friends and family. Brian lives a vowed life, alone in a quasi-hermitic life, and integrates varied religions, but most especially the contemplative paths of Buddhism and his native faith, Christianity. Brian received a 'mystical' Christ-experience at age 9, and was introduced to a peace untouched by pain and suffering. Later, in his mid-30s, after surviving a dark night of despair, Brian was vowed to a contemplative Christian way of life on St. Matthew's Feast day, 1995, by Greenbough House of Prayer, in Georgia, USA. This began many years of ardent reading, spiritual practice, and exploration of many spiritual paths, including publication of his book An Ache for Union: Poems on Oneness with God through Love. The Journey has led Brian to the joy beyond the ache, a contentment in experiential union with Grace. Brian lives with the affirmation that Love, not as emotion but Divine Presence, transcends all paths of religion and is our Source and Destination. As St. Paul writes in the Christian Bible, "Now remain always, faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love." Peace to All!


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